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durham groups get second funding chance

5 October 2021 - Latest news

Community groups based in and around Durham city are being given an extra opportunity to apply for up to £10,000.

The cash comes from believe housing, a multi-award-winning housing association that has distributed more than £150,000 to good causes across County Durham during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Large Community Grants fund is designed for projects looking for between £5,000 and £10,000 and can be used with match funding. It has been created to tackle health and wellbeing issues, improve access to employability or training, increase household income, encourage a greener and fairer future, and tackle inequalities as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund has already helped projects in other parts of the county with tens-of-thousands of pounds. But now believe housing is specifically looking for projects in Durham city and the surrounding communities like Esh Winning, Pity Me and Sherburn. It is also particularly keen to hear from projects that could have a positive impact on the environment for this round of funding.

The funding is available for revenue costs and covers areas where believe housing provides homes. It is expected that at least 30% of the end beneficiaries of the funding will be believe housing customers. All projects must also be deliverable within current government coronavirus guidance.

Community Investment Performance Team Leader at believe housing, Damian Pearson, said: “Our large grants fund has already been able to help groups in other parts of the county, but we’re really keen to hear ideas for projects in the heart of Durham.

“The £5,000 to £10,000 range should make this funding really useful for bigger projects looking for match funding, or for groups looking to kick-start something new. Schemes that might be limited by requirements for capital elements in funding elsewhere might find this fund really useful too.

“We’re particularly interested in projects with a strong environmental angle this time around. Whether that’s protecting the environment, improving habitats or even reducing energy use.”

The closing date for funding applications is Monday, October 25. More information and application forms are available here, and by contacting the Community Investment Team on 0300 1311 999 or communitygrant@believehousing.co.uk.

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